The Orange County Chapter of the California Poor People’s Campaign, A National Call for Moral Revival (CAPPC) brings their Truth and Poverty Tour to four sites around the county on Thursday.
The mission is to expose poverty that is in stark contrast to the extensive wealth of California in general and Orange County in particular, according to organizers.
“The poor and working class who live and contribute to the economy in Orange County, struggle to find a job that pays a living wage, affordable housing, and health care,” they say in their announcement. “In Garden Grove, a family with two children lived in a van for many months, when in March 2018, they were found dead because they suffered carbon monoxide poisoning due to trying to stay warm. How could our past and present government officials on all levels continue to allow such injustice? We demand the end to generational poverty, racism, militarism/war economy, and ecological devastation because everyone has the right to live.”
Here is the schedule for Thursday’s Orange County Truth and Poverty Bus Tour Public Hearings and Political Education.
10:30 a.m. Naval Weapons Station and Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at 15922 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach. Expect site visits, testimonies and political education.
Noon ICE Detention Center at Theo Lacy Facility. Meet near BJ’s Restaurant, 460 The City Dr S., Santa Ana. Park as close as you can to the street; meet out on the sidewalk. Expect a site visit, testimonies, readings and political education.
1:15 p.m. Courtyard Homeless Shelter, 400 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana. Expect a site visit, testimonies and political education.
1:45 p.m. Board of Supervisors Building, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana. Meet at the corner of West Santa Ana Boulevard and North Broadway. Expect stories from those impacted by the campaign’s four pillars: militarism, poverty, systemic racism and ecological devastation.
Co-sponsors include Military Families Speak Out, Veterans for Peace, Orange County Peace Coalition, Senior Patriots, ENOUGH, Peace Builders of Orange County, Housing is a Human Right OC, Orange County Racial Justice Collaborative, Freedom for Immigrants, OC Communist Party USA, Bible Study for Progressives and United Domestic Workers.
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